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Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in the film Citizen Kane, among others, which remains one of the most influential films ever made.
Watch a short video about Orson Welles and how he spooked America with his radio rendition of the "War of the Worlds" in 1938.
On October 30, 1938, a young Orson Welles performed a radio version of "The War of the Worlds" presented as a news bulletin.
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Health issues dominated his life, many of them brought on by his growing obesity--the filmmaker topped 400 pounds at one point.
The last decade of his life saw Welles continuing to stay busy. Among his many projects, he served as the spokesman for Paul Masson wine, made an appearance on the ABC series Moonlighting and made a documentary called Filming Othello (1979) about the making of his 1952 film.
Toward the end of his life,
Welles and Hollywood seemed to have made up. In 1975, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Film Institute, and in 1985 was awarded the Directors Guild of America's D.W. Griffith Award, the organization's highest honor.
He did his last interview on October 10, 1985, just two hours before his death, when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. Not long after returning to his Los Angeles home, he suffered a heart attack and died.
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